My Record Collection - April 1, 2019

My Record Collection by The Dears' Murray A. Lightburn
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My Record Collection by The Dears' Murray A. Lightburn

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Murray A. Lightburn, frontman of sensitive indie types The Dears. Let's see what he picks...


The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths on vinyl. I got a few bucks for Christmas that year and gave the money to my big brother to buy me that particular album. Dropping the needle on that for the very first time was one of the greatest moments of my youth."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"This was Under A Blood Red Sky by U2 on cassette. My other brother (I have three) had a collection of cassettes that included stuff like Flock Of Seagulls and Yazoo. Yet, I found that U2 tape in there. I learned to play riffs like 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', 'I Will Follow', and the guitar solo in 'New Year's Day'. I still know how to play those riffs today."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Probably The Smiths Hatful of Hollow, which I have on cassette or The Cult's Electric. I learned almost all the guitar parts to both of those and the cassettes eventually got warped from overuse. I still like to play Lil Devil at soundcheck. Also David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory records; boy did I ever listen to those A LOT..."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"My Diana & Marvin record. It’s just fantastic, perfect. I also love Miles Davis Sketches In Spain, it’s like a comfy blanket. Of course, there is also Al Green’s I’m Still In Love With You, another perfect album. These are all still on heavy rotation when I’m alone in my studio and they always make me feel amazing."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"I don’t have a lot of space in my life to feel down. I'm too busy and I’ve got two kids whose feelings are way more important than mine. However, when I’m on the road by myself and missing the family maybe I’ll wallow in some of Nico’s Chelsea Girl. It’s such a beautiful record. Holy cow. Pairs well with driving alone on those motorways too."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Literally any record by The Dears. I know how that sounds and I really don’t care because no one else is gonna say it. Just listen to anyone them and you’ll see what I mean. Those records are absolutely bananas."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"That is too difficult to pin down. I’m really into great fonts and typography though..."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"That’s a tough one too. But at this very moment, I’m going to say Murmur by REM because that’s what springs to my mind. It’s kind of the perfect understatement for an album title and that album specifically. They nailed it. Also, Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven. That’s a great one too. Poetry, really."

 

The Record I Can’t Understand Why Everyone Loves Is...

 
"While I can somewhat understand why The Dears’ No Cities Left is their most popular record, I kind of disagree. It sounds really weird and kind of technically wrong and the songwriting is not near as good as on, say, Gang Of Losers."
 
"However, the record from their catalogue that really never got its proper due is easily and without question Missiles and I’ll arm wrestle anyone who says otherwise. It’s the best one in the whole thing by a mile."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Sarah Slean String Quartet No. 2. She is such a force and I really admire her work. It’s dated 2011 and I only discovered it recently. I pray for the chance to work on anything with or for her."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"Here, I’m going to shout out my brother Danko Jones - A Rock Supreme, out April 26. He is a fellow Canadian and we used to play gigs together a million years ago. I love what he does and how he does it. Even if I didn’t know him, I would would buy this album for the title alone. Anyone who references John Coltrane, in my book, is worth checking out."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"That’s an impossible question. There are so many greatest records of all time. I mean, seriously, who can answer that question? Who?"

 

 

Murray A. Lightburn's new album Hear Me Out is out now in hmv stores. 

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